Yamaha RX-A8A vs Denon AVR-S740H review

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Yamaha RX-A8A vs Denon AVR-S740H review

Yamaha RX-A8A
vs
Denon AVR-S740H

An affordable AV receiver is always a good option to consider, so Yamaha RX-A8A vs Denon AVR-S740H comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Yamaha RX-A8A has 11.2 versus 7.2 for Denon AVR-S740H. Regarding power, then RX-A8A has such a W/Ohm ratio - 150/8 when AVR-S740H has a power of 75/8, 110/6. The THD is 0.06% for the RX-A8A but 0.08% for the AVR-S740H.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 384 KHz/32-bit for RX-A8A and 192 KHz/32-bit for the AVR-S740H. Only the RX-A8A supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The RX-A8A can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, and the AVR-S740H can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The RX-A8A can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the AVR-S740H. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.

Extensive connections

The Yamaha RX-A8A has 7/3 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 6/1 HDMI connectors of the Denon AVR-S740H.Yamaha RX-A8A connectionsDenon AVR-S740H connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the RX-A8A. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. The RX-A8A supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.3, versus HDCP 2.2 in the AVR-S740H. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

The RX-A8A supports 3 Multi-room zones, versus 2 for the AVR-S740H. Supported voice control technologies are identical - Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. Both RX-A8A and AVR-S740H can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.

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General

Item

Yamaha RX-A8A
Denon AVR-S740H

Model

RX-A8A
AVR-S740H

Brand

Yamaha
Denon

Reviews

0
158

Amplifier

Channels

11.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

150/8
75/8, 110/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.06
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

384 KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

YPAO
Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/3
6/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

3
2

Coaxial digital input

2
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

1
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic
USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10+

4K signal pass-through

4K/120Hz
4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

8K/60Hz

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync
BT.2020, HLG

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

Web Control, App Control
IP Control, Web Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

preout
speaker

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

MusicCast
HEOS App

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

2
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS-HD
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF, DSD
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

600
400

Standby consumption, W

0.4
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.4 x 25.4 x 45.7/17 x 10 x 18
43.5 x 15.2 x 33/17 x 6 x 13.3

Weight, kg/lbs

19.1/42.2
8.6/19

Other

Release year

2021
2018
Yamaha RX-A8A
Denon AVR-S740H
Yamaha RX-A8A
Denon AVR-S740H

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 9.4
  • 7.1
  • 9.4Yamaha RX-A8A
  • 7.1Denon AVR-S740H